MA in Education Admission Forms

Apply for the MA in Education Program

  • Recommendation form for Admission: Please secure two forms of recommendation from people who are in a position to judge your potential as a graduate student. Teachers may provide one reference from a building-level administrator/supervisor, as well as someone in a supervisory capacity.

How can I request an official transcript?

To request an official transcript(s) follow the registrar’s instructions, which are outlined on the registrar’s website.

Admission Requirements

Completed applications for admission into the graduate program are reviewed regularly throughout the year. The Teacher Education Admissions Committee (TEAC) makes admissions decisions and annually reviews admissions policies. A completed application includes the following: 
1. Completed application to the Master of Arts in Education program with a nonrefundable application fee of $50.00. 
2. Official transcripts from each college or university attended. 
3. Two academic recommendations on EMU provided forms: (a) building level administrator/supervisor and (b) someone qualified to speak to the applicant’s academic ability and potential. http://www.emu.edu/maed/forms/ 
4. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with at least a cumulative 3.0 gpa (based on 4.0). If this condition is not met, graduate gpa of six or more credits will be considered.
5. A copy of a valid teaching license be submitted by the applicant for the graduate file. Applicants applying for the TESL concentration with K-12 initial licensure in VA, the At-Risk Populations concentration, and the Restorative Justice in Education certificate and concentration are exempt from the teaching license requirement. 
6. Evidence of one year of successful teaching in public or private school/agency setting. Applicants applying for the TESL concentration with K-12 initial licensure in VA, the At-Risk Populations concentration, or the Restorative Justice in Education certificate and concentration are exempt from the teaching experience requirement. 
7. Applicants seeking initial licensure in Virginia through EMU’s MA in Education program are required to pass the VCLA and the basic skills assessment prior to admission. (See Required Licensure/Endorsement Exam Scores for equivalent basic skills assessment, p.46 of the MA in Education handbook or www.emu.edu/education/test-scores/.) 
8. A personal interview with the director or assistant director of the MA in Education program.
9. Full time students (9 hours per semester) applying to EMU’s main campus in Virginia must submit an EMU graduate student Health Evaluation before their second semester. www.emu.edu/studentlife/health/forms/

International Students: International applicants may enroll in the Literacy or Curriculum & Instruction concentration upon petition to the TEAC. Such candidates are expected to provide a rationale stating why they wish to enter a licensure concentration. 
In addition to the requirements above, please submit the following information: 
10. Nationality and country of birth. A financial certificate demonstrating the student’s “ability to pay” is required in order for the program to issue a student visa application (I-20 form). International applicants currently residing in the U.S. must indicate status with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. 
11. For applicants whose native language is not English, one of three conditions may be used to satisfy English proficiency. 
(1) A score of 550 on the paper-based or 80 on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). EMU’s institutional code is 5181. (2) A written recommendation from qualified personnel from EMU’s Intensive English Program. (3) An assessment by the Teacher Education Admissions Committee (TEAC) based upon certificates and national examinations completed by the applicant indicating the applicant’s English proficiency. Applicants who have studied and received a degree from a college or university where all instruction is in English are not required to submit English proficiency measures.

Applications for Graduate Certificates
1. A completed application to the Master of Arts in Education program with a nonrefundable application fee of $50.00.
2. Official transcripts from the college or university attended for highest degree earned with evidence of degree conferred. 
3. A personal interview with the director or assistant director of the MA in Education program or, in the case of a cohort participant, recommendation of district administrator.

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